BA German with a Year Abroad

2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We expect to have a limited number of places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018 on a range of programmes.  Entry requirements might vary from those shown below.  For information on vacancies and applying late or through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Course Overview

Begin a new journey in your life and study German language, culture, fiction and also vocational themes in Translation and language teaching. You will have a year abroad in Germany where you can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business. Germany is the European Union's economic powerhouse, has the fourth largest economy in the world and continues to dominate European politics and global affairs. Take the opportunity to study with us, it could prove priceless.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • You will be taught by research experts who specialize in film, gender studies, medieval and early modern literature, theatre studies and translation 
  • You will have an academic mentor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support
  • Our Graduates have careers in education, business, translation and interpreting, media and public relations, politics and humanitarian organisations and public services
  • Salary scale - £20,000-£42,000
  • Have a look at our blog to find out more information
  • Welsh medium modules are available. Find out more about scholarships
  • You will have an academic mentor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support
  • Our Graduates have careers in education, business, translation and interpreting, media and public relations, politics and humanitarian organisations and public services
  • Salary scale - £20,000-£42,000
  • Have a look at our blog to find out more information

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
German + Additional Beginners Language Pathway  

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must take the following German modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLG160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 1A
MLG160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Language 1B
AND
Additional Beginners Language Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one pair of Beginners Language modules from below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
MLF102WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr II
MLI111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian for Beginners I
MLI112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian for Beginners II
MLS130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish for Beginners I
MLS130WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr I (Spanish for Beginners I - Welsh Medium)
MLS131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish for Beginners II
MLS131WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr II (Spanish for Beginners II - Welsh Medium)
MLZ100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 1
MLZ101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 2
AND
Additional Module choices 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Take 2 x 10 credit culture modules in your beginners language (except for Mandarin.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (B)
MLI100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (A)
MLI100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (B)
MLS100ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (A)
MLS100AWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (A)
MLS100BSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (B)
MLS100BWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (B)
MLT100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concepts in Translation and Interpreting
OR
German Pathway 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must take the following German Modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLG160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 1A
MLG160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Language 1B
AND
Compulsory Module Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select two modules from below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLT100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concepts in Translation and Interpreting
AND
Optional Module choices 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : select 1 x 20 cr module

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
ALE115Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language of Everyday Life
ALE116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of the English Language
ALE120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying the English Language
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
German Language (advanced) - Compulsory Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take 40 credits.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
AND
Complulsory Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take 40 credits in language-specific modules appropriate.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG244Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema of the New Millennium
AND

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : This module is compulsory for all students pursuing a degree involving a foreign language. It gives students the opportunity to increase their language skills and familiarize themselves with other culture(s).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad (Languages, Translation and Interpreting)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
OR
Dissertation Pathway 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits from the list below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 3A
MLG301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 3B
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3
AND
Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students wishing to write an undergraduate dissertation should take 40 credits in dissertation modules. Students should choose English-medium or Welsh-medium modules as appropriate.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-320Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation
ML-320WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paratoi Traethawd Hir Ieithoedd Modern
ML-321Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern Languages Dissertation
ML-321WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Traethawd Hir Ieithoedd Modern
AND
Optional Module choices 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should take 40 credits of the modules below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLG300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema in the New Millennium
MLT307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option
MLT310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Law Option (Police)

Description

In the first year all students follow a language module which builds on your knowledge of spoken and written German and a module on German culture designed to introduce you to the rich diversity of film, literature and history of Germany. There are optional modules on German for Professional Purposes, European Cinema and Fiction.
 
In the second and final year you continue to develop your language skills and choose from optional modules such as: Twentieth Century Berlin: Myth and Reality; Vienna Underground; German Song Cultures; Introduction to the Theory of Translation; Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation; Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Teaching Modern Languages to Young Learners.
 
In the third year you will study abroad.
 
In your final year you will have spent a year abroad perfecting your language skills and you will bring this new knowledge to language modules covering skills such as oral communication, translation, essay- writing, résumé-writing and dissertation.

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offer is BBB at A-level or equivalent. We require a B grade in A-level German. 

All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.

The Welsh Government’s priority is to increase take up of modern foreign languages in Higher Education (Bilingual plus 1 policy). Therefore to support this priority, candidates, applying for Single Honours or Joint combined Language degrees or Modern Languages and Translation and Interpreting will receive an unconditional offer if their predicted achievement meets or exceeds our entry requirements, there is a record of success in a relevant GCSE and they hold Swansea University as their firm choice.soffer text

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,600

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quote

"I spent the third year of my German Studies degree at Swansea University doing a 10-month internship at the Siemens translation department in Munich. Moving to a different country to work in a German environment was a big step and quite a challenge, but it was reassuring to know that the team of lecturers at Swansea were behind me. The internship was a great experience and one that I am very grateful for, as it opened the door for me after I graduated, when Siemens took me on as a full-time Translation Manager. I moved permanently to Munich and have worked at Siemens ever since. Thanks to the longstanding relationship between the Swansea German Department and Siemens Sprachendienst, I have had the opportunity to welcome quite a few Swansea undergraduates who also chose to do their internship at Siemens in Munich – they always keep me up-to-date with the latest news from Swansea!"

Ula Mitchell

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in German will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Translaton and Interpreting

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Modern Languages. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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